Troops Get Warm Thanksgiving Welcome At DFW Airport

DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) – A special homecoming was held at DFW Airport on Thanksgiving Eve; service men and women coming home to the big airport for some Thanksgiving R&R.

Cheers of, “Whoooo–heroes!” and chants of, “USA, USA!” rocked the baggage arrival carousel at Terminal D.  A couple hundred well-wishers were on hand. Most didn’t have any loved ones arriving, but simply felt they had to be there.  “We Just came out to support,” explained Little Elm resident Sabrina Vallecillo.  “I mean, we couldn’t have Thanksgiving without the troops.”  Daughter Vivian, age five added, “I’m here for the Army men.” When asked why they  are important, she responded, “Because they have to save your life whenever they come.”

Calvin Graef was visiting from Kansas and he, too, felt compelled to attend, along with nearly a dozen family members. The reception choked him up; it was different when he came home years ago from Vietnam.   “We didn’t get this kind of welcome,” he said, adding, “It kind of takes my breath away… we have a wonderful military and we need to get behind them and support them.”

And from the looks on their faces, the 148 men and women flying in from Iraq and Afghanistan were emotionally moved, too.  Army Warrant Officer Shane Harman, stationed at Fort Hood, was welcomed by his family, including a tearful daughter.  “It’s amazing; every time a solider comes through here on R&R… it’s touching and an amazing thing and I don’t think you’d see that anywhere else.”

Sometimes the last minutes of waiting are the hardest; ask Katherine Sugito and her children.  She laughed, “Ah yes, they’re really excited, they’re really waiting for him,” she said of son Nicholas, ten months old, and daughter, Naomi, soon to turn five and looking forward to a birthday party at the Great Wolf Lodge.

But their wait would be a little longer.

It’s seemingly the military way: confusion and separation, even at an R&R homecoming.   But when the Sugitos finally reunited, the magic of homecoming washed over them.  Nanda Sugito, a sailor who served in both Kuwait and the Kandhar Province of Aftghanistan, gushed, “It’s awesome, it’s awesome. I feel I want to cry when I saw that, honestly, in my heart I feel, ‘Wow!’  There’s just no word I can say what you guys (waiting well-wishers) do for us.”

Another flight of service personnel arrives at DFW a little after 3pm Thanksgiving Day.  Anyone who is interested in welcoming the flight can get arrival information by dialing 972.574.0392 for a recorded message with the latest updates.

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  • no rulers

    Thanks for murdering innocent people around the world and doing the dirty work for the terrorist US state. And yes, thanks so much for protecting the global banksters that rob and plunder us.

  • J. C. Gonzalez

    It is sad that you feel this way. More disturbing is your misunderstanding of the issues that you refer to in you blog. Troops returning home from a deployment should be cherrished and appreciated for the sacrifice that hey have made to our nation. If you feel that you have been let down or that you are owed more by our country then maybe you should vent to our current cast of elected representatives in DC. In the meanwhile, I would suggest that you learn to Respect those people who have given YOU the opportunity and freedom to remain IGNORANT.

    • no rulers

      So, you’re going to pass on the foolish, childish, ignorant canard that the troops “give me” my freedom (as if I was actually free). HA! I am born a free, sovereign individual by the grace of God/Creation. Your precious,, robotic soldier boys are nothing more than murdering assassins who accept and execute ANY orders issued by psychopathic madmen- all to defend and expand the bloody reach of a plundering corporatocracy. I give respect when it is deserved. I will not have it forced upon me by slavish, “ignorant,” bootlicking slaves that mindlessly obey their masters and make lame attempts at making historically discredited arguments.

      Enjoy your future time in the state’s gulag! And make sure you thank the troops!

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